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Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

Recognize the symptoms of a stroke

A person having a stroke or heart attack needs immediate medical attention. Learn and recognize the symptoms.

Symptoms of a Stroke

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion and trouble with understanding or speaking
  • Vision problems with one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking or maintaining balance
  • Sudden and severe headache with unknown cause.
  • If you experience one or more of these symptoms, and they don't go away within a few minutes, call 9-1-1.

Pay particular attention to these symptoms if you have the following risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • History of high cholesterol or elevated triglycerides
  • History of heart disease or stroke in the family
  • You're a smoker
  • You're diabetic
  • You've been experiencing a very high level of stress
  • You weigh more than the standard for your height, age and body frame.